National Go Fishing Day: Guide to 10 fishing spots in and around Birmingham

Summer fun for the whole family. Dylan Colwell with a Lake Purdy catch. Photo via Lake Purdy Fishing’s website.

Happy National Go Fishing Day, Birmingham! With the weather heating up and the days getting longer, what’s a better way to enjoy summertime than by getting out and casting a line? We’ve got your guide to 10 great fishing spots in the Birmingham area.

Lake Purdy

Sunset catch on Lake Purdy. Photo via Lake Purdy Fishing’s website.
  • 3780 Boat Launch Rd, Birmingham, AL 35242
  • Check out updates on hours, recent catches, tournaments, and more here!

East Lake Park

East Lake Fishing Rodeo. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now.
  • 8101 4th Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35206
  • Home to many local festivals and fishing tournaments
  • East Lake Park’s 60+ acres make it one of the larger parks in the area

Oak Mountain State Park

Birmingham, Oak Mountain State Park, fishing in Birmingham
Get outside for smiles like this! Photo via Oak Mountain State Park
  • 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham, AL 35124
  • 9,940 acres make it Alabama’s largest state park
  • Fishing is not the only activity Oak Mountain offers- you can find hiking, golf, biking, horseback riding, camping and more

Cosby Lake Park

Autumn in Alabama. Photo by William Kennedy.
  • 6248 Old Springville Rd, Pinson, AL 35126
  • Cosby Lake Park is known for its beautiful foliage in the fall

Jemison Park

A peaceful retreat just 10 minutes from downtown. Photo via the City of Mountain Brook.
  • 2615 Mountain Brook Parkway, Mountain Brook, AL 35223
  • In addition to fishing, Jemison Park offers a mile-long paved walking trail that connects to the Mountain Brook sidewalk system

Georgetown Lake Park

Photo via Hoover Parks and Recreation on Facebook
  • 2899 Georgetown Dr, Hoover, AL 35216
  • If you’re looking for a quiet, more secluded fishing hole, this one’s for you
  • This 3-acre lake is surrounded by a lighted track

Sipsey Fork

Fly fishing for trout on the Sipsey Fork. Photo by Billy Pope.
  • A 12.5 mile stretch of the Black Warrior River that offers Alabama’s only year-round trout fishing
  • Located about an hour an a half northwest of Birmingham, this spot is perfect for a weekend trip
  • Check out directions and details here

Joe Tucker Park

Early morning fog on the lake at Joe Tucker Park. Photo by Deborah Elliott.
  • 230 Tucker Rd, Helena, AL 35080
  • With no thru-traffic and plenty of playground equipment, this spot is a great place for kids to tag along

Bibb County Lake

Photo via Bibb County Lake on Facebook.
  • 1147 Walter Owens Pkwy, West Blocton, AL 35184
  • 100-acre lake less than an hour southwest of downtown Birmingham

Cahaba River

Bass caught in the Cahaba. Photo via Pinterest.
  • Boasts over 135 species of fish
  • Check out the bottom of this page to find fishing locations on the river, provided by the Cahaba River Society

Find the location closest to you!

Don’t forget to get your fishing license before you head out! Happy fishing, Birmingham!

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Beth Cunningham
A Birmingham transplant who can usually be found hitting a new hiking trail or restaurant opening when she's not writing stories and snapping photos for Bham Now.
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